Learn the secrets of Armenian brandy production and plunge into the centuries-old history of the creation of this noble drink

Ararat Museum

The winemaking culture in Armenia dates back more than a millennium, and the world famous Armenian cognac was born at the end of the 19th century. The beginning of the Armenian cognac production was set in 1887 in Erivan (now Yerevan), the merchant of the first guild and philanthropist Nerses Tairyan, who for the first time introduced the classic French technology of alcohol extraction at his factory. This step was inspired by his cousin, Vasily Tairov: an experienced winemaker and scientist, he could more than anyone appreciate the generous gift of nature - the unique conditions of the Ararat Valley and the high quality of local grapes.

In 1953, the new building of the Yerevan Brandy Factory (YBC) was built and it was here that Armenian cognacs famous all over the world were bottled. From 1953 to 1991 The YBC was the only factory to exclusively produce Armenian cognac. In 1998, the plant was privatized and became part of the international group Pernod Ricard.

Within the walls of the monumental building of the plant, which rises on the right bank of the Radzan River, there is a historical and museum complex, which exhibited samples of Armenian cognac ARARAT, which make up a kind of chronicle of Armenian cognac-making.

A tour of the ARARAT museum is a fascinating journey through the rich history of the creation of the legendary Armenian brandy and the details of its production. The museum presents a unique collection of rare ARARAT cognacs dating back to the beginning of the last century. Here you will see nominal barrels that were poured in honor of the visits of the heads of various countries; antiques related to the history of the museum; a unique “barrel of peace”, symbolizing the date of signing the ceasefire in the Karabakh conflict, and much more. The final stage of the tour will be a tasting of several types of drink and familiarity with the features of its use.

Every day from 9:00 to 20:00 hospitable museum guides conduct excursions for visitors in Armenian, Russian, English, French and German.
Visit the Yerevan Brandy Factory and ARARAT Museum, experience true craftsmanship and learn the secret of creating Armenian brandy.
Learn more about the YBC and the ARARAT Museum here.